Elton John: Fatherhood the ‘Best Decision We’ve Made’

03/02/2011 at 08:00 AM ET
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Zachary Furnish-John may only be 9-weeks-old, but he’s already a world traveler.

“This is the first foreign country he’s visited,” Elton John told Canada’s eTalk on Tuesday. “First little stamp on his passport,” added partner David Furnish.

Calling fatherhood “the best decision we’ve made,” John, 63, admitted, “We’re pretty happy anyway. We’ve been together 17 years, our careers are both going brilliantly. But this … everyone said, ‘You won’t believe what will happen to you.’ You can’t put into words how much love we have for this little boy.”

With John set to start a tour later this month, Furnish, 48, says his own work will be taking a backseat to parenthood.

“I’m going to stop work for a while,” he explained. “Elton will continue to tour, but I think it’s important for the three of us as a family [to] go together on the road with Elton.”

— Sarah Michaud

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Em on

Wonderful post! I love what he had to say.

Toya L. on

You can tell just by his words that he is absolutely smitten with his son (as he should be). I am so happy for them.

rebekah on

i firmly believe children who are wanted, and worked for, are so much more loved and appreciated. the furnish-john family exemplifies that, i think.

Colleen on

so sweet…very happy for them!

Barbara Dugan on

I think this is marvelous. Best Wishes to all. Such Love. How fabulous.

Anonymous on

WOW! 63 with a new(ish)born? Eeeeek!! I mean, good for them I’m happy and sort of in awe of their love and devotion for fatherhood, but the age thing is a bit much for me. To imagine… when baby Zachary is 18 Elton will be like 81 years old?!Forget about 18, when he’s 13 Elton will be 76. Despite his norotiety and fame/money etc, I still feel a twinge of sympathy for the baby. Good luck to Elton!!!! I wish him an extremely long life so that he can see his son grow up.

CelebBabyLover on

I’m a bit confused about Elton going on tour, because in the post announcing Zachary’s birth, this was mentioned: “Just last year, Furnish told PEOPLE they were going to wait to start a family until John was ready to come off the road.” So why isn’t Elton coming off the road? I’m a bit dissapointed that he didn’t stop work to be a dad like David had said he would!

Also, I’m curious….Does anyone know what David does for work? Is he in the music industry, too?

Stephanie on


Kate on

babylover—how many fathers in this world ‘stop work’ when they have a new baby? Practically NONE–they’re much too concerned with supporting their families (and despite this family’s assumed wealth, Elton is probably not an exception!)

Baby Zachary is very lucky to have two parents who obviously adore him. And since all 3 of them will be touring together, he won’t miss out on one minute of love & affection.

CONGRATS to Elton & David on the birth of their new son.